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Topic: Convention Special Interest Group about Standup Comedy
Message: Posted by: Magic1 (Jun 25, 2011 09:52AM)
Hey Guys!

Gerry Katzman here from http://www.standupcomedyclass.com

I'm delighted that I will be giving a free SIG this Thursday in Dallas at 9/10:30 that will give you powerful building blocks for adding comedy to an existing act, or creating your own custom standup routines. I have given this talk at The Screen Actor's Guild at The American Film institute and I think that this content will be even more valuable for magicians.

Getting laughs without anything in your hands delivers the confidence to know that even if your bags don't show up, you still have an act. Knowing how to structure a joke can help your current comedy moments to hit even harder.

The other Special Interests Groups that morning are great AND if you're interested in comedy then please come to mine.

I am delighted to answer any questions you might have, just post them here or PM me. Last week, my student won an Emmy for writing on "Ellen" (he first performed standup in my class about 5 years ago). I have had students appear on "Oprah," "Ellen," "Chelsea Lately" and "Last Comic Standing" and my bio is available at http://standupcomedyclass.com which has been turning out contest-winners for 7 years.

It's hard to give a talk on the same morning as Michael Ammar and Gay Blackstone- so I'm trying to get the word out, if you are interested in being able to do what people on http://standupcomedyclass.com are doing (you can watch their videos) or to just make your act/yourself funnier, then please come to my Special Interest Group "Standup Comedy For Magicians" on Thursday morning June 30th at 9am and also at 10:30 am. I will make it as valuable for you as I possibly can.

Thank you very much,
My phone number is on my website should you want to talk with me before Dallas. Thanks
Message: Posted by: LanceRich (Jun 26, 2011 11:53AM)
Gerry...I'm know your session will be great! I've posted a link to this page also on the IBM Convention Facebook...so, hopefully even more people will have access to the info Pre-Con.

That's at http://www.facebook.com/ibmconvention
Message: Posted by: Aaron B Fisher (Jun 27, 2011 02:53PM)
What a great opportunity this is - I hope many of you get the chance to study with Gerry. In my experience, he really does know exactly what he's talking about.
Message: Posted by: Magic1 (Jun 27, 2011 03:36PM)
Thank Aaron- it takes one to know one.
Message: Posted by: Mowee (Jun 28, 2011 10:31PM)
Can't wait...already got my ticket to your SIG
Message: Posted by: Magic1 (Jun 29, 2011 01:40AM)
Mowee- I'm psyched to see you there! Send me a PM (idle you feel like it) with your real name so I can look out for you when I arrive.
Gerry (pronounced "Jerry.")
Message: Posted by: LanceRich (Jun 30, 2011 02:12AM)
Gerry, Your SIG session was super popular! Lots of tickets are out for you!
Message: Posted by: LanceRich (Jul 1, 2011 07:48AM)
The feedback from your session is amazing!
Message: Posted by: Mowee (Jul 1, 2011 09:05AM)

I was looking forward to the class but little did I know how much information there would be. I still have writers cramp. You provided us with terrific, fact based information and demystified the comedy process. The fact that our class wrote two good jokes in less than an hour was amazing. Not that we are all going to become stand-ups but it helps us in routining and especially as a way to develop material for MC bits when you have to stretch. I am gong to start carrying around another notebook just for observations. Everyone I have shared the information with at the convention was jealous. (One poor guy got in late yesterday morning so he skipped your SIG and he now regrets it big time. Kudos to David and Lance for including you in what was an absolutely amazing session.